The entire territory of Puerto Rico is without power, and the power may be down for months. Houston, Texas, has only begun the cleanup efforts after their hurricane. Not to mention other islands in The Caribbean and our own Florida Keys. Hurricane season is far from over.
An earthquake in Mexico has killed over 200 people, with the body count still rising. This while Operation Christmas Child did not collect enough shoeboxes world-wide last year to give all the eligible children in Mexico City alone a gift-filled shoebox.
The Reformed African American Network thoroughly documents past and current racial injustice in this country. My own amateur research into officer involved fatalities shows they disproportionally effect the African-American and especially the Mexican-American communities.
Operation Heal our Patriots estimates that over 48,000 service members have been wounded or injured since the 9/11/2001 attacks. The Department of Veteran’s Affairs estimates that twenty veterans of those same wars commit suicide every day; that’s around eighteen percent of all suicides committed by a group that makes up about nine percent of the population.
The Hartford Institute of Religion Research estimates that only twenty percent of the people in the USA go to church regularly. Thom Rainer, a researcher with Lifeway Christian Resources, makes an educated guess that 8,000 to 10,000 churches in the USA close each year.
According to Wycliffe Bible Translators, The Bible has not been translated into over 1,600 of the languages people speak today. That’s around 160 Million people who have never had any opportunity to read John 3:16 in their own language.
The Joshua Project estimates that 3.15 billion people, about four out of every ten people in the world, have never even heard the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Many die each day.
I’ve said my last thing about the NFL.